Designing Sustainable Models for Hot Cities: Planning an Energy Efficient Green Dubai

  • Anju George
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering book series (LNCE, volume 6)


Climate change is happening and happening fast. Cities like Dubai are growing hotter by the day. In Dubai, where temperatures soar to unbearably high levels, work environments, especially for the blue-collar worker, become particularly insufferable. As Gulf News in March ’15 quoted, “there is one car for every 2 residents.” The needs for reduction in carbon emissions and improvements in human habitability are the needs of the hour. The sustainable design principles that may be employed while designing and planning hot urban environments, which result in an increase in energy efficiency, need to be researched by academicians and practitioners alike. The aim of this research paper is not only to analyze methods and draw on the solutions that have been tried and tested in hot global cities that aid in making urban microclimates more conducive, but also devise new strategies that can prove successful in extremely hot conditions. Having bagged the Expo 2020 bid, the need is larger for the Venice of the Middle East, to both maintain its world-class status and achieve new heights in sustainable city infrastructure. This, in turn, will pave the way for planning future cities with hot climates. There’s an urgency in this climate chaotic world for a paradigm shift from pure climate mitigation towards climate adaptation. A place-based approach that harbours healthy symbiotic relationships between physical, social and environmental infrastructural elements is essential in making this city climate resilient.


Energy efficiency Urban microclimates Liveability Sustainable design Public participation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Metropolitan CollegeBoston UniversityBostonUSA

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